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The team showcases an athlete from each school who gives back to their community through superior service efforts
Junior offensive guard Kenneth horsey has been named to the Southeastern Conference 2021 community service team, it was announced today. The SEC appoints a community service team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, seeking to showcase an athlete from each school who gives back to their community through superior service efforts.
Horsey, originally from Sanford, Florida, has a remarkable comeback story that has inspired his community service work for heart health.
In the spring of 2018, before arriving in Kentucky for his first season, he complained of pain in his side. His parents rushed him to the emergency room where doctors eventually found a growth on one of his heart valves. He underwent open heart surgery on April 8, 2018 and was even told his football career was over. However, Horsey would not be disheartened. He came to Kentucky and blasted the 2018 season with the goal of securing a starting spot on the Kentucky offensive line, affectionately known as the “Big Blue Wall.” He has now played 24 career games for the Wildcats with 20 consecutive starting assignments.
Due to his heart disease and the support he felt throughout his surgery and recovery, he began volunteering with the Lexington Chapter of the American Heart Association in 2020. Horsey received the AHA Finn Collier Service Award earlier this season in recognition of his work. to support its vital mission – to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. He was also named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team and was nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy presented to the best servant in the college football community.
Here are some of its community service events:
- I spoke at the Central Kentucky Heart Walk 2020 launch event
- I spoke at the UK Healthcare Heart Walk 2020 kick off event
- Dedicated his 2020 football season to Finn Collier, a seven-year-old who lost his life to heart disease
- Participation in American Heart Month and National Red Wearing Day (2020 and 2021)
- Participation in the 2021 Central Kentucky Heart Walk digital experience (2021)
- Coordination and planning of hands-on CPR training for the UK football team and staff in spring 2021
- Helped plan a media availability on Unarmed CPR on June 14 that promoted unarmed CPR awareness to the media for CPR Awareness Month